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Orange Vanilla Cupcakes

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These Easy Orange Vanilla Cupcakes are so easy to make and taste like an orange creme popsicle! Perfect for a summer picnic dessert or for a luau party. These start with a boxed cake mix to save time!

Orange Vanilla cupcakes

Hi Friends! Today I am sharing an old favorite from a few years ago. These citrus cupcakes are perfect for celebrating a summer day. These Orange Vanilla cupcakes start with orange juice and remind me of a creamsicle. 

What is a Creamsicle?

A creamsicle is a frozen treat from when I was a kid. It is basically a fruit popsicle on the outside, filled with vanilla ice cream on the inside. I personally loved the orange creamsicle flavor the best and I took a cake mix and added a few ingredients to basically make Creamsicle cupcakes.

Orange Creamsicle cupcakes

 I used the Vanilla cake mix so that when it was mixed in with the orange juice, it tasted a bit like a creamsicle. 

Then I added one of those little orange jelly candies to each one. My grandmother used to have these jelly candies at her house every time we visited so I love that these cupcakes remind me of her.


flavored cupcakes

These cupcakes are frosted with an orange buttercream frosting, made with fresh orange zest, which is a nice frosting flavor for summer. 

For more great summer cupcake recipes, try these:

Mango Cupcakes – Made with fresh mangos and one of our top cupcake recipes.

Coconut Lime Cupcakes – A light cupcake that tastes like key lime pie in cupcake form.

Kit Kat cupcakes – a fun way to enjoy the favorite chocolate candy flavors.


Easy Orange Vanilla cupcakes

Orange Vanilla Cupcakes

Yield: 24

Orange Vanilla Cupcakes

Orange Creamsicle cupcakes

These Easy Orange Vanilla Cupcakes are so easy to make and taste like an orange creme popsicle! Perfect for a summer picnic dessert or for a luau party.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


  • 1 box Vanilla cake mix
  • 1 cup of orange juice
  • 1/2 cup melted butter
  • 3 eggs


    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  

    2. Put cupcake liners in muffin tin.  

    3. Mix together above ingredients and pour into cupcake liners.

    4. Bake at 350 degrees, as directed on cake box.  

    5.Frost when cool with buttercream recipe below.

I topped these cupcakes with orange slice candies similar to these. You can also use gummy bears or orange or white sprinkles. 

Cupcakes with orange buttercream frosting


Orange Buttercream Frosting Recipe

When cool, frost with buttercream icing.  Instead of milk, I used orange juice.  Add a teaspoon of orange zest and if desired,  add a few drops of orange food coloring to the icing.

timesaving tips to streamline recipes

Make the cupcakes the day before and frost with orange buttercream the day you need them.

You can get a similar flavor from making vanilla cupcakes with orange buttercream icing. It is a lighter version of the same flavor combinations.

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Friday 25th of January 2013

This looks yummy! Please share this in a new Linky Party --Weekend Kitchen Creations at Please join us, share your delicious creation and get other scrumptious ideas.


Saturday 26th of January 2013

Thanks Jennifer - I will be over to check it out!

madge | the vegetarian casserole queen

Monday 14th of January 2013

These look great! Love the use of cake mix...anything to simplify and reduce time in the kitchen!


Monday 14th of January 2013

Thank you Madge! I love saving time :)

Diana Rambles

Monday 14th of January 2013

Thanks so much for linking up at my Pin Me party!

Feral Turtle

Monday 14th of January 2013

YUMMY! I love anything with orange in it. I especially love how you topped them off with the orange jelly candy. What a great idea. Cheers.


Sunday 13th of January 2013

Yum. I love creamsicles, so I definitely need to try these out!


Monday 14th of January 2013

i am a creamsicle fan too! Thanks for stopping by! :)

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